The Wi-Fi of today provides internet users with an accessible highspeed and secure communication connection between access points, hardware, and digital devices without the need for burdensome and restrictive wiring. It is versatile, convenient, and – most importantly – vital to our technology-dependent society.
Wi-Fi allows users to set up a public access network as well as a password-protected connection. Open connections are most often utilized by businesses that offer free internet access to clients, where password-protected connections are a “must-have” for connections that process any kind of sensitive data.
Wi-Fi speed is dependent on the high-speed internet package and the strength of the signal between the endpoint and the router. With a high-speed internet package and a strong signal, transfer speed can be so fast that it’s virtually instantaneous.
The biggest benefit of today’s Wi-Fi connection is its convenience! It allows businesses to offer free internet connections to clients for customer convenience. Additionally, with 99% of newer digital devices being set up to allow for Wi-Fi connectivity it means that no one is tied to their desk because no one relies on a hardwired internet connection.
The Next Step in Wi-Fi Evolution
As with all things tech, the world of Wi-Fi is ever-evolving. This means the introduction of Wi-Fi 6 in late 2019.
Wi-Fi 6 is the same premise of wireless connection data transmission as the current system but it will allow for compatible devices to transmit signals more efficiently. It’s important to note here that Wi-Fi 6 will be backward compatible with the current standard.
How Will Wi-Fi 6 Compare?
Without the opportunity to fully test hardware, testers are unsure of just how much improvement Wi-Fi 6 will bring, but estimates range between a 30 – 40% speed increase in data transfers. Does that mean that you will experience this type of increase? Not necessarily. In order to take advantage of this lightning-fast transfer speed, you will also have to have a faster ISP package. The problem, however, is that currently most ISP’s don’t have packages that can accommodate the kind of speed that Wi-Fi 6 will bring. That said, with the release on the horizon, it’s likely that ISP’s will begin to offer higher speed internet plans, so keep an eye out for this.
Why Consider Wi-Fi 6 For Your Business?
- Wi-Fi 6 may be a new advent, but it’s set to become the standard which means that it’s a necessity rather than a choice if your business is to maintain a modern data center.
- Wi-Fi 6 provides faster and more efficient data transfer with more information in each information packet which means less downtime for your employees and less time spent waiting to access data when time is of the essence.
- Wi-Fi 6 has a new feature called OFDMA which allows your router to divide the channel it’s using so that it can send signals via multiple avenues or “resource units”. This allows multiple devices to get service simultaneously and reduces latency.
- Wi-Fi 6 also features “multiple input multiple output” which allows your router to service multiple devices with better performance and range by dividing the bandwidth into multiple streams using spatial awareness. This means less congestion on your office network when multiple devices are running as well as faster data transmission.